Boise State is no stranger to dominant wide receivers. Heck, we’ve had guys like Thomas Sperbeck and Ced Wilson back to back. What we aren’t super accustomed to is those wide receivers getting the praise and opportunities they’ve richly deserved at the next level. Well, Boise State’s latest receiver prospect—John Hightower—is out to change some of that and had himself a time at the NFL Scouting Combine the last few days.
Going in to the combine, Hightower had apparently been scouted by legally blind people as his pre-combine grade was a “meh” 5.45. What that equates to in NFL parlance is a “priority free agent”. I strongly disagree with that assessment and Hightower himself seemed to want to punch that grade up a bit with some extra credit.
Hightower ran a 4.43 in the 40...putting him alongside the elite prospects at the combine. Hightower also ranked in the top ten in the vertical leap (38”) and 3 cone drill (7.07) and top five in the 20 yard shuttle (4.21). Altogether, I think Hightower’s “spindly” self acquitted himself well and already seems to have raised the eyebrows of some observers...whether he’s raised his stock as well remains to be seen, but most signs point to “yes”.
John Hightower, the best WR that not enough people talk about.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) February 28, 2020
A Cowboys blog fan-boying a Boise State prospect? Color me skeptical.
My man John Hightower 4.44u. Day 3 sleeper.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 27, 2020
Fun fact: I was once blocked by this guy because I defended Kellen Moore against some of his ruthless scouting barbs. I regret nothing.
I want your team to draft John Hightower. He’s gonna be a playmaker.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 28, 2020
Even if my team is the Browns (it isn’t)?
.@MoveTheSticks says he thinks Boise State WR John Hightower is going to be a third round pick— Danny Kelly (@DannyBKelly) February 27, 2020
Seems better than “priority free agent”, no?
Well done, kid. We’ll have more on other impressive combine performances before the weekend is up. Teaser: Ezra Cleveland is exactly as fast as Kellen Moore